REGINA – Regina Water Watch is raising new concerns about the City of Regina’s recent statement on signature validation. In an e-mail from the City Clerk’s office, the citizen’s group was advised that the City would strike any signature not containing the year in the date.
Jim Holmes, Regina Water Watch spokesperson, notes that the petition was launched on March 22, 2013 and 24,232 signatures were delivered to the City on June 20, 2013. “How could there possibly be any question that the year was anything other than 2013 when signatures were gathered?” asks Holmes.
“We’ve already seen the City attempt to increase the number of signatures required in the last week of a 90-day process,” said Holmes. The Minister of Government Relations rejected this request as an inappropriate intervention in municipal democracy.
“It appears the City is now looking for ways to deprive citizens of their right to a vote.”
Holmes has requested that the City Clerk consult with Regina Water Watch to insure that the democratic rights of citizens are safeguarded. “We don’t want any more attempts to subvert this process,” said Holmes.
The citizens’ group delivered 24,232 signatures to the City Clerk on June 20, 2013. The required minimum is 19,310. The petition calls for a referendum vote to determine whether or not the City will publicly finance, operate and maintain the new wastewater treatment plant.